Mostrando las entradas de julio, 2012

The Panama Viejo Gray-hooded Gull: now with video

Leslie Lieurance shares his footage of the Panama Viejo  Gray-hooded Gull shot the day it was found, July 13.

Gray-hooded Gull still at Panama Viejo, a report by Rosabel Miró

Gray-hooded Gull , vista el domingo 29 a las 2:00 pm en Panamá Viejo, en la arena que lleva a la islita detrás del Centro de Visitantes. La buena noticia es que todavía está en el área. UPDATE: Karl Kaufmann adds: Here's some photos of the Gray-headed Gull that Rosabel found at Panama Viejo on Sunday July 29. It looks like a 2nd year or non-breeding adult to me.

Green-crowned Brilliant in Cerro Azul

Rosabel Miró shares this photo of a female Green-crowned Brilliant at her feeder in Cerro Azul this morning.

Gray-hooded Gull in Panama Viejo, a report by Leslie Lieurance

Bob Behrstock, Cindy and I were standing close to the visitor center at Panama Viejo looking through the birds brought in by the high tide around 11 am on Friday the 13th. Cindy looked in the direction Bob was looking when he asked for the scope and saw a gull with red bill and legs. Very quickly Bob said it had characters consistent with Gray-hooded Gull which he has seen in Ecuador. Cindy and I have never seen this species. It had a more rounded head and was more robust looking than the few Laughing gulls present. Behind the light eye there was a black smudge on the edge of a faint dark hood which ran up around the crown. In flight there was a white slash across the dorsal black primaries. The underwing was dark. Bob pointed out the nape was white while the few Laughing Gulls present had gray napes. We made some phone calls and Carlos Betheancourt responded to see the bird some minutes later. The bird appeared comfortable in the location even while being disturbed by

Northern Veraguas: a report by Lider Sucre and Venicio Wilson.

From June 23rd to 27th, Betsy Farah Morán, Julie Payne, Lider Sucre and Venicio Wilson visited the northern coast of Veraguas thanks to a very kind invitation by Alexander Risse who is developing an ecological resort by the small Estero Salado river, not far from Guázaro. According to some sources, the area is perhaps the rainiest lowland rainforest of Panama with over 7,000 mm of rain per square meter per year. This amount of rain and the lack of access points to it, had kept the forest and the area relatively isolated until recently. The Directory of Important Bird Areas in Panama mentions that “The area is poorly known ornithologically” and that “additional surveys are high priority”. The first surprise of this place was the evident presence of foothill plants and birds species at sea level, apparently enabled by the ever-wet conditions and perhaps milder temperatures. Here is a list of the most remarkable findings of this birding adventure: Wood Storks: At our arrival we saw 37